We talk a lot about solutions here on developerWorks, which is a good thing because every day thousands of you turn to us looking to solve the unique challenges you face. Whether you need to learn a new technology or get a better understanding of an established one (or something else), we're here to help.
But we wouldn't be doing our jobs if we didn't occasionally invite you to explore new perspectives, new ways of thinking about information technologies. (We wouldn't want you to get bored!) Take Functional thinking: This article series by Neal Ford aims to get your neurons firing in new and unexpected ways. Neal digs into functional programming concepts with an eye toward exposing you to a mindset that could help you improve your day-to-day coding. His latest installment posits that design patterns do exist in functional programming, though they might be easy to overlook for those with an object-oriented perspective.
Go ahead, try it on for size and let us know what you think. (That's why we put a comments box at the bottom of the page.) "Think" -- now that would make a fantastic slogan!
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
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- From Java code to Java heap (Java technology)
- Agile processes for the maintenance cycle (Rational)
- Get started with Selenium 2 (Web development)
- Building WebSphere Commerce services for cross-channel commerce (WebSphere)
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